Yesterday, I got an alert from Amazon Honor-Pay System that $81 had been transferred from my donation bucket to my bank account.

Seems three of you donated anonymously (I had been alerted about one of the four donations I received that wasn't anonymous), and I want to say -- Thank You, from the bottom of my heart.

The last six months have been a bit dicey for us financially, as I'm sure they have been for many of you. I do a lot of the work that I do in the meat-world free of charge as a minister, and rely on my small business to pay my daily bills -- that's my choice and my desire, but my personal business service is of the type that people generally purchase only after the rent is paid and the groceries are secured (as it should be!), so cash has been pretty thin for us.

The fact that folks left donations during this time when I know that many are worried about finances warmed my heart even more, and that $81 brightened my day considerably. That amount is more than double the total amount that I've received in donations in the entire time I've had the donation-box up -- it was a wonderful surprise -- a little miracle on the 1st of a month when I needed a little miracle.

My Beloved said: "Hey! You got paid for writing!" -- I guess that makes me an "author" now. ;)

On the "more good news" side of the equation, we just found out yesterday that it looks as if we've found someone to share our current space with us, so we'll probably be able to remain where we are for the Winter. We were ready to give notice for the end of November (kind of a lousy time to move in the Northwest).

So -- Thank You -- to those of you who donated, and to those of you who read and comment. Your support means a lot to me, and helps me keep on keepin' on.

Posted byPortlyDyke at 8:55 AM  


Nia said... October 2, 2008 at 10:29 AM  

I live in a little town that is the second biggest national centre in the production of Christmas sweets and I almost sent you an email requesting an address to send you some, because I like your contributions to Shakesville so much. Now that I know you have an Amazon pay system I think I'll save in postage ;)

ouyangdan said... October 2, 2008 at 10:43 AM  

I am always making stuff...and was thinking the same thing, actually, about an addy in the "meat world" if you were willing...

Question: What kind of minister? I have been reading your blog and contributions at Shakesville long enough that I would be very interested in learning about your particular ministry. Email me anytime if you are so inclined at randombabble (at) mac (dot) com.

I am so glad you are getting by. It's been tough for so many. My thoughts to you and your Beloved. Yay for kind hearts!

Mary Tracy9 said... October 2, 2008 at 12:48 PM  

I'm very happy for you, Portly, I really am.

And congratulations on your new "Author" credentials!

Llencelyn said... October 4, 2008 at 5:04 PM  

I'd like to second ouyangdan. I, too, am curious as to what sort of minister.

pidomon said... October 4, 2008 at 7:57 PM  

and your support means a lot to us!
youre writing inspires me and i'm sure many others

Anonymous said... November 7, 2008 at 1:55 PM  

I love you Carol Steinel! The knowledge that "Karma moves on Light Waves rather than Time Waves" will stay with me forever!

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